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Students and nationals from Saint Kitts and Nevis were given the opportunity to learn more about the Covid-19 virus from Huang Ying-qui, a medical doctor from Taipei Veterans General Hospital at a March 27 information session hosted by the Embassy of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Republic of China (Taiwan).

The session was live streamed on YouTube to allow a maximum of persons to hear directly from Dr. Huang while six students also came to the Embassy to participate in the event.

Recognizing the onslaught of misinformation pervading social media and the airwaves, H. E. Jasmine E. Huggins reached out to Taipei Veterans General Hospital for assistance and asked if they would make a doctor available to make a presentation to students and nationals about the Covid-19 virus.

“We are extremely grateful to Taipei Veterans General Hospital for allowing one of their doctors to come to the Embassy to speak with us at this very busy and critical time. In collaboration with the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), we have in the Federation ongoing projects with the Hospital so we are appreciative of this extension of their assistance to the citizens of Saint Kitts and Nevis here in Taiwan” Ambassador Huggins stated. “Additionally, because we felt that some persons would have preferred to reduce their travel on public transportation at this moment, we thought that live-streaming on YouTube was a good option. The video was made available for later viewing by those who were unable to participate at that time.”

An invitation to join the live stream was also extended to other Ambassadors and students in Taiwan from diplomatic allies from the Caribbean.

After Dr. Huang’s presentation there was an interactive session during which many persons had the opportunity to ask questions and hear responses from Dr. Huang.

Embassy Sends 3 Donated Ventilators to Aid in Fight

Working with friends and partners in the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Embassy of Saint Kitts and Nevis in Taiwan sent three lifesaving ventilators to Saint Kitts and Nevis to aid in the fight against the outbreak and for treatment of the Covid-19 virus.

The type of ventilators sourced was decided after H.E. Jasmine E. Huggins, Ambassador of Saint Kitts and Nevis in Taiwan, sought the advice of the prestigious Taipei Veterans General Hospital.

These machines were purchased by friends and associates, including ASE Cultural and Educational Foundation, after urgent requests by Ambassador Huggins. The generous donations of the Vela Ventilator machines have an approximate cost of $19,000 U.S. dollars each.

“Because of our location in Asia, we noted at the early stage of the pandemic how quickly health systems were being overwhelmed and learned of the need for equipment and of the shortages of ventilators due to the rapid spread of the disease. The Embassy therefore reached out to several friends to solicit the donations,” Ambassador Huggins stated. “We targeted individuals and Companies with whom we had an established relationship with the hope that they would have been receptive to our call in this time of great need. We are therefore profoundly grateful that without hesitation the responses were positive, and their generosity will always be remembered by the Government and people of Saint Kitts and Nevis.”

The costly lifesaving machines are in short supply worldwide as countries with large and small economies scramble to secure a sufficient number to help those with severe cases of the Covid- 19 virus. Demand has far exceeded current supply in many parts of the world particularly by those countries and regions hardest hit by the disease.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a tremendous strain on the health care services the world over and we were extremely fortunate to be able to source a supplier and to work with our friends to get the ventilators to the Federation as quickly as possible.” Ambassador Huggins said.

The Covid-19 virus continues to spread with many forecasting the pandemic to continue for the foreseeable future.